Gauze Duster Vest & Lace Tank Top: The Return Of Shark Week

gauze duster vest, lace tank top, wedge espadrilles

I’ve debated with myself many times over writing about this topic because, well…you know, it’s kind of personal…


…but truth be told, it’s probably less personal then the voices in my head or how I came to have my beautiful daughter. So, what the hell is the deal with this menopause crap?? Seriously. See, personal. But not really because it is or will be affecting each and every one of us who are of the female persuasion. Men don’t have to put up with any of the hormonal crap that we do. First there is boobs and periods and all of the physical pains and moody angst that go along with it, then pregnancy and childbirth and now…this? C’mon…you have got to be kidding me. I actually started having issues around 40; right around the time I had to get bifocals. Ya, 40 is a magical age.

Things got all irregular and erratic and well, haywire. Nothing for a month or two then all would be regular for months on end, but with the addition of zits the size of an extra head. Bloating to the point I could have gotten away with parking in the special spots at the grocery store for pregnant women. Then, bam…a period that would last for a month. I kid you not. A month. And hormonal moodiness that was absolutely off the freakin’ hook. If the wind blew the wrong direction it would piss me off. Fun times my friends. Fun times.

Finally, about six or seven months ago things seemed to have wrapped up. No more uterus ninjas, no more shark week, no more homicidal mood swings. Ahhh…yes. Peace had come to the land. But noooo…. About a week ago the girls were in so much agony I had to sleep in a sports bra; any of you who have been around awhile know of my undying hatred for bras and tights. So me sleeping in a bra is headline news. I haven’t had pain like that since I was pregnant. Then a ginormous painful zit showed up on the side of my nose. And the last two days, horror of horrors, coffee started making me nauseous. Wait, what? Let me explain. I suspected something was up when I was pregnant and didn’t yet know I was because simply the smell of coffee induced a gag reflex. Don’t be silly….I knew I wasn’t pregnant. But I did know that my hormones were off the hook again. More off the hook then they have ever been with the exception of pregnancy. Yep, shark week returned. After seven months of blissful normalcy. That ain’t even right man.


This gauze duster vest is yet another swimsuit cover up that I repurposed as a top. Honestly, it feels a little predictable over the lace tank top, but I was having one of those days. You know those days where you just can’t put an outfit together to save your life? Nothing looks right and you’re totally uninspired. I don’t know about you, but usually those days occur when I’m hormonally challenged so it makes sense. Anyway, to tone down the girly girl vibe I threw in the distressed denim shorts. The sandals are probably my most worn wedge sandals from the now defunct Colin Stuart line at Victoria’s Secret. While the gauze duster vest will indeed make a fabulous swimsuit cover up, you know I ‘ll be layering it over sweaters and such once cooler weather rolls back around.


I know I’ve said it before, but be on the lookout when you’re shopping or in your closet for items that can be repurposed for different uses. That way you get more bang for your buck and more versatility in your wardrobe.


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Duster: Target;  Top: JCPenney;  Sandals: Victoria’s Secret (Similar);  Shorts: Old Navy





  1. 06.22.2016 / 6:12 am

    Oh Debbie, I sympathise. I’m going through the menopause at the moment and I so understand about the boobs being painful. Mine was really sore last week. Horrible isn’t it? I think it can be really hard for men to understand (and some women if they sail through it). And I’m suffering insomnia too! Fortunately no hot flushes or night sweats so I’m grateful for that!
    I hope you have a better week.
    I don’t think your duster looks predictable. It absolutely suits the outfit – it really makes it especially with the wedges.

    • debbies
      06.22.2016 / 9:44 am

      It isn’t on my list of things I’d want to do again, that’s for sure…lol! I get the occasional hot flash, which sucks so I’m glad it isn’t often. I’m glad you like the outfit; I like it too, but I think next time I’ll pair it with something a bit “rougher”.

  2. 06.22.2016 / 7:51 am

    Oh dear GOD woman I’m knocking on 40’s door (March 9th is d-day) and now I’m scared hahahaha but I digress….on to better things: this duster is EVERYTHING! I have been contemplating the duster look but feared I was too short but if I’ve learned anything from you….#IWearWhatIWant so I’m gonna hit Tar-Jay next week and pick a few up…..loving you..erin

    • debbies
      06.22.2016 / 9:48 am

      Isn’t it fabulous? I’m only 5’2″ so I say go for it friend!! Dusters are always my go-to when I I’m feeling uninspired. I probably have a zillion of them. Don’t fear 40…I know that’s easy to say because it was truly terrifying. But once you get past it all is well. There’s a bunch of crappy stuff, at least for me there was, the bifocals, the perimenopause, but…you really come into your own after 40. Mentally and self-confidence wise it’s a good place to be! Loving you right back friend. 🙂

  3. 06.22.2016 / 7:52 am

    Ugh, that sucks! I hope you feel better soon! Love the outfit!
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    • debbies
      06.22.2016 / 9:49 am

      Thanks Tara! Most days are great…hopefully this is a passing blip on the radar.

  4. 06.22.2016 / 8:14 am

    Our bodies do strange things, especially as we age. Hang in there. The menopausal crap passes and then it’s smooth sailing.
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    • debbies
      06.22.2016 / 9:51 am

      Thank you for your kind words Ally. I know that this to shall pass…it’s was just so disappointing because I thought it had actually already passed!

    • debbies
      06.26.2016 / 9:44 am

      Bahaha….you’re a funny girl Jodie! No, definitely not pregnant. It is fun to wear things differently then their intended purpose. I do have to make a real effort to do that though. I tend to look at most things (not just clothes) with a very narrow view; I guess you could say I’m not always an “outside of the box” thinker. Not that I’m narrow minded, I just think I tend to look at things from one perspective. For example, “That’s a work skirt” therefore I can’t wear it on a Saturday…make sense? I force myself all of the time to look at things from other angles.

  5. 06.22.2016 / 12:21 pm

    Not to worry, you will be free of this drama soon. . .Now lets talk about that fabulous easy breezy outfit you are wearing. You look so girly and cute, no one can even guess your age here and that duster is TDF.
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    • debbies
      06.26.2016 / 9:45 am

      I sure hope so…I thought I already was! Isn’t the duster fabulous? As soon as I saw it, I knew it was coming home with me. 🙂

  6. 06.22.2016 / 12:36 pm

    I love this outfit, Debbie, and I feel your pain. I mean, I really feel it! 40 is like a magical number! For my 40th birthday, I got high blood pressure! Yay! My last visit to the eye doctor at 41, he said no bifocals yet, but probably at 42. I turned 42 3 weeks ago, so the next eye appointment I’m sure will end with bifocals! And the erratic, hemorrhaging has become the norm for me. It seriously is the grossest thing ever. And don’t talk to me about zits! My God! I always have had fairly nice, clear, healthy skin…now enters acne! Freaking acne. That seems to be traveling down the right side of my face with some undisclosed and evil purpose. Ugh. And the raging mood swings may end in someone’s death one of these days! I can’t even stand to be in my own presence on these days. It is simply and truly horrible! My kids better appreciate me someday! All this so we have the ability to give them life!

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    • debbies
      06.26.2016 / 9:53 am

      Right?! It is all so completely absurd. I always had good skin; again, things didn’t go off the rails until my 40’s. I guess I’m just so frustrated because I had that beautiful 7 month lull. Life was good. But nooo….it all had to come back…seriously, what the hell???

  7. 06.22.2016 / 12:53 pm

    Ugh, Damn hormones! I too just want to be done with it all. For me, it started going downhill at 43. My dr. Says I am peri memopausal but it feels like more….stupid hot flashes!! So sorry my friend, prayers for this hormone yo yo to be gone!!! On a happy note, you look like an Angel!! Love that whole look!!
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    • debbies
      06.26.2016 / 9:56 am

      Thank you Andrea! The early 40’s seem to be the magic number. I’m like you, I just sooo…want it to be over!

  8. 06.22.2016 / 1:54 pm

    Well, Debbie, I think you look beautiful ~ you’ve sorta become my style muse. I’ll be 55 in August and it was just this past year that things finally started to calm down. I haven’t even had a night sweat or hot flash in months. Of course now that I said that…
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    • debbies
      06.26.2016 / 9:57 am

      Lol…hope you didn’t jinx yourself Laurie! Thank you for your kind words; you made my day!

    • debbies
      06.26.2016 / 10:05 am

      Thank you Kileen! 🙂

  9. 06.22.2016 / 9:34 pm

    I love the statement that amazing duster makes with your top and shorts! I would’ve thought dusters are only for cooler weather, but this all works together beautifully!
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    • debbies
      06.26.2016 / 10:07 am

      I have sweater dusters for cooler weather and lace, gauze and other lightweight materials for warmer weather. I love them!

  10. 06.23.2016 / 12:52 am

    Absolutely stunning! Thanks for linking up with us

    • debbies
      06.26.2016 / 10:08 am

      Thank you!

  11. 06.23.2016 / 3:20 pm

    Ugh! Those crazy hormones! Hope things calm down soon! On the brighter side, I love your pretty duster styled with the edgy shorts! This is the perfect summer boho look!

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  12. 06.25.2016 / 10:50 am

    Deb this is a pretty and romantic look, love the duster on you with the lace top.Pretty pics! As far as hormones go. I have always had a week where I had to lay in bed, but now, I see some of those signs, the body overheating, etc etc, isnt it something to look forward to! Well, hope those hormones calm themselves down for u.
    hanks for linking up with turning heads tuesday!
    jess xx

  13. 06.29.2016 / 1:08 am

    I am going to be 44 in a few weeks and I am so not looking forward to menopause. It hasn’t affected me yet but I started using reading glasses a few months ago. I love this summery outfit and love the forest location making look so mystical.

    Thank you for being a part of TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you soon!

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